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Exterior Painting Benefits For Your Home

There are so many incredible benefits that come with external house painting your Wisconsin home!

If your home is looking a bit drab and ready for a revival, one of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you could make is external painting.

You are probably aware that house painting can make your home look better, but did you know that it comes with a variety of other benefits as well? Here are a few of the many benefits that come with exterior painting:

#1. Home Value

Your home isn’t just where you live, cook and raise your kids, it’s also an investment. Like all investments, you want your home’s value to grow. Luckily, painting can help you do that! Studies have shown that exterior painting can actually increase your home’s value and its curb appeal.

#2. Termite Damage

If the wood in your home isn’t properly painted and sealed, it actually leaves it exposed to termites and other pests that can damage your home. The good news is that a simple paint job can reduce your risk of termite damage.

#3. Cost vs. Value

As far as home updates go, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more affordable option. Not only is painting more affordable than other options, the value it adds to your home will help you recoup your investment.

House painting comes with so many benefits that go far beyond just making your home look good. Would you like to learn more of the benefits of exterior painting? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.

9 Big Signs You Should Have Your Deck Refinished

When your deck goes from fab to old and drab, it’s time to start thinking about refinishing the deck. But, it’s important to know the signs between minor fixes to having the entire deck refinished.

A beautiful, refinished deck will not only look great for the entire exterior of your home but also extend the life of the wood itself.

Many great benefits of restoring a deck:

  • Restoring a wood deck before major damage happens costs less than replacing a wood deck, and refinishing your deck will cost a LOT less.
  • You can halt major structural damage and possible deck failure in it’s tracks by replacing boards, fixing others and protecting it with a new refinish job.
  •  Restoring your deck’s minor problems now (like warping floor boards, loose pieces, shaky rails, and splintering) will help prevent them from turning into bigger issues later on.
  • A refinished deck is an easy improvement that can help the overall resale value of your home allowing it to sell faster!


What Are The Signs Of a Bad Deck?

Besides just looking bad, there are more specific problems that can be a clear sign of your deck needing to be brought back to life. 

Common signs you can look for that indicate the deck is ready to be refinished:

  1. Bad Ledger & Deck Frame
  2. Split or Cracked Boards
  3. Peeling and Flaking Paint
  4. Wood Looks Dry and Old
  5. Splintering Boards
  6. Rotting (Mold & Mildew) Visible On Planks or the Deck Frame
  7. Many Raised Screws, Loose Screw Boards
  8. Faded and Discolored
  9. Spongy and Soft Spots When You Walk On It

1. Bad Ledger & Deck Frame

Solid beams, strong joists, and good looks aren’t much use when you should be worrying about a rotting ledger board. If any of your wood deck’s framing is bad, that needs to be addressed before you can even begin to think about restoring or refinishing a wood deck.



2. Split or Cracked Boards

Split or cracking deck boards can be the beginning of what could be a much larger problem if you allow it to go without fixing. These must be replaced before you can stain the deck. It’s a good idea to check to see if any boards are starting to bow. This also includes the railing, posts, sills and joists. If a board is badly warped and you put a lot of weight on it, these could also split or break completely. If you see any of those signs, don’t wait and replace those boards.

3. Peeling & Flaking Paint

Even if you have a newly re-painted deck you can still find yourself with peeling or flaking paint because the deck was not properly power washed before re-painting. We see this often with homeowners in a hurry to cover problems to sell a home. If you have peeling and flaking, it’s best to have the entire deck stripped, then a good power-washing before the staining process.

4. Wood Looks Dry and Old

Your wood deck simply looks terrible. Maybe there is peeling paint or the wood looks dry and faded – in either case, deck restoration or deck refinishing can restore the beauty of your old deck and make it look like new.



5. Splintering Boards

Wood fibers tend to raise as they expand with rain and water over time. Wood fibers can often remain raised and may cause splinters. Splintering is a clear warning sign of damaged boards and potentially allowing moisture in that will cause them to rot and grow mold. This rotting will eventually lead to them collapsing.


6. Rotted Wood (Mold & Mildew)

Check the boards closely for any mold, mildew or other fungi. Even if your deck is treated, the wood can still rot. Pay special attention to where every post touches the ground…especially if you have a second story deck. If you see mold on the boards, they will need to be replaced before any staining can be done. If you see it on more than one of the support posts, it’s time to for a new deck.

7. Raised Screws, Loose Screw Boards

One of the most common problems regarding deck repair is of nails popping up out of the boards. Nails generally pop out of wood decking due to every day use and because of contraction of the wood during cold and hot periods. While this may be an easy fix, by simply hammering them back down, they actually compromise the integrity of the deck. They are also a major safety hazard for those walking on the wood with bare feet. If there are only a few raised screws or loose screws, simply replace. We recommend NOT to re-hammer them. If there are many and the boards are starting to crack or fall apart, it’s time to replace them and then get your deck refinished.

8. Fading and Discolored Boards

If your deck looks dull, is fading and has discolored board, it’s definitely time to refinish. Over time the weather, traffic use and even chemicals in cleaners or previous stains can bleach can degrade the wood. This includes ultra-violet caused bleaching. 



9. Spongy And Soft When Walked On

Walk around your deck and feel how the wood responds to you. If you feel soft spots, bowing, and even sponginess, this means there are moisture issues with your wood and these planks need to be replaced. Oftentimes, there is rotting underneath the surface that you cannot see. The deck may need to be completely replaced in this situation as well.


Hire a Professional

However, the best way to tell if your deck needs to be refinished is to have a professional come and assess the status of your deck. Which is exactly what we are here to do.

If you have used our guide above and your deck has at least 2 of the problems listed above, we set up a convenient time to meet so we can inspect the deck and give a good idea of options.




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Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year – Interior Painting

Sherwin-Williams doesn’t like to play favorites (so they say), but they are sharing their love for the new color loud and proud.

This year, they have selected Poised Taupe (SW 6039) as the Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year.

Here’s why: This timeless color is neutral, modern, classic and a beautiful balance of warm and cool.

The color also indicates an overall desire for neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together, creating versatility.

Sherwin-Williams says the hue is a modern take on a timeliness classic and explained their choice in a statement: “It signals a new direction in society’s ever-growing thirst for beautiful neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create one irresistibly versatile color.” We have to say, this color definitely strikes the balance between bold and subtle.

gallery-1472576332-sw-6039-poised-taupe-dollop-01 described it perfectly when they said, “It’s like gray and brown had a baby.” 




Updated Neutral

In a recent homeowner survey conducted by Sherwin-Williams, nearly 40% of the respondents agreed that they would like to incorporate warmer neutrals, such as warm grays, taupes or beiges, into their home décor. More than two in five people identified taupe as a timeless neutral they would choose.

“Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level. Not cool or warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe is a weathered, woodsy neutral bringing a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking,” said Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams.

Poised Taupe In Your Home

Poised Taupe is an ideal backdrop for a wide range of color combinations, from pastels to brights to jewels, according to the firm. You can use this color throughout your home and accent with your own favorite colors easily.

In the entry way, you can add a pop of color like the orange accent in flowers to keep the room lively.

Sherwin Williams 2017 color of the year


In the kitchen, this beautiful color will work seamlessly with white cabinets and stainless steel.

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Calming and beautifully relaxing for the bathroom area.

color of the year Poised Taupe by Sherwin-Williams from Klamco | Klam Construction



Accent Colors

Having this amazing backdrop color on your walls is perfect, but what about creating the best accent? In order to create the best accent to a neutral wall color such as the Poised Taupe, it’s best to go across the color wheel to find its mate in a triangle fashion. Here are a few beautiful accent colors we suggest.

accent colors taupe green must

accent colors taupe blue reds

For more information visit Sherwin-Williams page about this year’s color and discover other amazing color combinations.


What’s Next?

Selecting the proper interior painting company for any home is key. CC’s Painting is here to help you take your idea to design to your dream home.

Call or Email us today for a FREE in-home consultation or FREE estimate!

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Call us at (262) 527-1822. We are waiting to help you!



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Cedar Staining: How Long Should You Wait To Stain Your Cedar Deck?

There was a great question posted in the Bob Vila forum that we wanted to share. It came from a homeowner who had recently had a new cedar deck put on and was now contemplating when to have someone come in to stain it.

His question on the forum: “I need some guidance. A couple of buddies of mine say that I need to wait a year before staining my cedar deck…I would like to wait for a dry period in the weather and then have it stained (within 2 months of building it). My buddies say the stain will not take as well. They say wait until next year. Any thoughts on this?”

This is a great question because many homeowners wonder how early they can have someone come in to stay after there is a newly built deck (or any other type of cedar structure like a gazebo or even a swingset).

One of the great responses came back from the Bob Vila staff that explained that staining the cedar sooner rather than later is best for many reasons. His response explains more:

“Your instincts on this are right on track. If you wait a year, the wood will turn gray, and may even show deterioration from the weather. Cedar should be stained as soon as it will accept the stain. This is easy to determine with penetrating semi-transparent stains. Apply the stain, if it soaks in its ready. If it pools on the surface, do it later.

By staining early, you provide UV and water protection to the wood. The natural drying process is slowed down a bit, but that helps prevent cracking. Even if you don’t get great penetration of the stain, the worst that will happen is that you will need a second application next year. Not a bad idea anyway. Penetrating oil stains will not form a film, so early staining cannot cause peeling, chipping or loss of adhesion. I recommend staining as soon as the wood feels and looks dry and weather permits.”

We completely agree. You don’t want to incur any chipping or pealing or cracking so staining within a 2-3 month period is best.

Cedar Deck Association adds a great quote on finishing exter cedar decks:

“Decks should never be allowed to weather before finishing.The simplest, but most labor-intensive, finish to maintain on a cedar deck is a water-repellent preservative, which may have to be applied annually. The next easiest is a semi-transparent oil-based stain. Both types of finishes are extremely effective in stopping the absorption of water and are recommended. It is important to ensure that the product has been specifically formulated to withstand the abrasive effects of foot traffic.”

What do you think?

Should I Stain or Replace My Deck? Warping, Chipping & Splitting Deck Issues

Over time, decks suffer both minor cosmetic issues and major structural problems that can significantly affect their function.  Let’s take a look at some problems and fixes you can do.

Common problems that can occur to your deck are weather, type of materials used, actual construction, and insects.  We will be discussing how to identify these in another post, but for now, be aware that there are problems that affect your deck condition outside your control, however, some, like materials and construction, can be well within your means of control.

A well-maintained deck adds both form and function to your home. Over time, however, several factors contribute to wear and tear, giving homeowners a choice between full-on replacements or attempting deck repair, including deck staining.

So which do you do?

Old Boards New Again – Fix & Stain

As long as your boards are sound you could paint or stain them again.

We had an old front deck that looked bad, however, the boards were in decent shape and didn’t feel replacing them was necessary at the time.  We sanded down rough edges and had professionals come in and re-stain it.

If your deck is more than 16″ off the ground and the boards are not in the best of shape, be leary of board breaking and cautious of being able to carry weight.  Check the beams and joists for stability and if you see cracks vertically, it may be time to replace the base posts.

Warping, Chipping and Splitting Old Boards – Replace

If you see a lot of checking, splitting, and board movement recessing screws, it may be time to replace the deck completely. If you also see screw hole rust, I would be wary of having too much weight on the deck in the meantime. You can try poking boards with an awl or ice pick, is it soft in numerous places? This is a sure sign of rot from water damage. If it was mine, I would replace it. At least the badly split ones.

If the “splits” aren’t very deep (mostly or all the way through the board) then it’s what is referred to as “checking”, which is normal….unfortunately. Checks differ from actual splits in that they aren’t as deep but can be very numerous. If you are using 5/4 x 6 pressure treated southern yellow pine deck boards that are the common decking used many places.

Checking is a normal process of any grade of this type of decking.  The higher grades generally just have fewer knots and imperfections.

Make sure your professional who replaces the boards do a good job by creating a level deck, plumb railings, nice cuts, uses proper nails/screws/brackets all around.  I normally practically insist on a better grade of wood to help with the longevity and lifespan on my deck.

Tight Budget – Fix & Stain

If you are on a tight budget and are unable to replace the deck completely or even some boards, consider going to your local rental center and get a “square buff” sander and give the deck a good sanding.

If any boards are spongy or feel soft,  you will need to replace them as they are not stable or safe.  You can stain and finish to your preference. THIS IS A SHORT TERM SOLUTION. Eventually, you will need the deck boards replaced the longer you wait for the more likely you will be looking at replacing the joist as well (which will increase your spend).


Top 10 Benefits of Vinyl Siding for Your Home

Top 10 Benefits of Vinyl Siding for Your Home

The overall appearance of your home’s exterior greatly depends on key factors: roofing, siding, color, windows and doors, and landscape.  We will focus on vinyl siding and the many benefits that vinyl siding provides for your home.

When choosing a type of siding, many homeowners opt for vinyl siding because of its many benefits.  In fact, there have been reports that show more than 30% of new homes feature vinyl siding and that number continues to increase.

So, what are those incredible benefits of vinyl siding?  Take a look below as we outline the top 10 fundamental advantages to having vinyl siding to make your home beautiful throughout the entire year.

1. Affordable

In comparison to other siding choices for homes, including cedar or wood, vinyl siding costs far less.  Over time, the vinyl also with incur far less other expense for repair and maintenance, which makes it the most cost-effective option.

Vinyl siding has been said to be ranked among the best home improvement projects for cost recovery, including installation and overall time maintenance.

2. Durable Over Time

As far as a homeowners investment time-frame, the vinyl siding can last as long as 50 years when installed correctly. With its other benefits listed below, it not only can withstand high levels of weather changes but also has multiple home protective qualities to prevent further damage to the home’s exterior.

3. Low Maintenance

This type of siding also requires little to no maintenance.  Talk about ease of comfort for homeowners.  Most siding also comes with 25-year warranties which include color fading and appearance.

The siding also has a distinct surface that doesn’t provide a place for dirt and grime to really stick to, so cleaning isn’t a large concern either.

Often touch up painting is the low-end maintenance needed and very easy to find local siding painters, such as CC’s Painting to do the work for you.

4. Moisture-Resistant

Insulated vinyl siding will not rot or become damaged from water or mold.  In addition, this siding won’t be damaged by insects or long-term exposure from the sun.

This siding has shown a better rain-screening and draining than most other siding options.  This is great since that characteristic will reduce the chances of mold, mildew and any possible warping over time.

We do want to point out that vinyl siding is water-resistant, not waterproof.  It is important to have a professional make sure the proper installation has been done, including the stud wraps and building paper, insulation and drainage holes or slots to properly allow water to drain away from the exterior of the home.

5. Customization: Styles, Colors & Finishes

There is no dollar amount that you can put on improving the look and feel of your home through the various available styles, colors, and finishes.  Since they come in such a variety, a homeowner really can choose their exact look and feel for the exterior of the home, to match their current exterior or even change the look completely.

Included with the styling, the foam back insulation can help keep the siding flush with the wall to protect the aesthetics of your home from getting hurt.

6. Simple to Transport and Install

Vinyl is extremely light weight in comparison to its wood and brick counterparts.  This makes transporting it from the manufacturer and the actual installation process extremely useful and the top choice for home builders, home remodelers, and DIYers.

Speaking of installation, it is not difficult to put up yourself with a few simple tools and nails to secure, per the manufacturer’s instructions.  It makes a better alternative to heavy wood or brick installation for siding and less aggravation.  You can do it yourself or have it installed professionally!

7. Energy Savings

The type of insulation vinyl siding provides is a major boost in energy savings for homeowners.  Some reports include annual savings of over $70 in natural gas and energy costs.  Installation can amount to higher than 80% return on investment due to the increased energy efficiency and lower energy bills.

This also includes reducing one’s own carbon footprint by 448 pounds of CO2.  Talk about going green!

8. Climate Control

Homeowners find the insulation vinyl siding provides to be a decrease in unwanted heat loss and gain because of the installation process of the studs and spacing.  The insulation keeps heat transferred in your home, providing a warmer environment during the cold months as well as keeping cooler air circulating internally during the summer – all while preventing those gas and electric bills from rising.

9. No Additional Coating

Most sidings require a coating or finish to provide the home protection, however, vinyl siding does not need this coating.  In fact, if you change your mind with color, you can simply paint over it without having to do any additional finish.

10. Weather-Resistant

Vinyl siding can handle virtually all types of weather, including extreme seasonal weather changes, strong winds, and high temperatures.


Thanks for reading!  Did we miss something?  Let us know below any questions you may have about the benefits or your vinyl siding in the comments.


Cool New Bacteria Fighting Paint for Your Home From Sherwin-Williams

Bacteria Fighting Paint for Your Home

We love providing top-notch paint for our customers.  That’s why we choose Sherwin-Williams. And, once again, Sherwin-Williams comes out with an amazing new product, a bacteria fighting paint.

This new product is called Paint Shield and it is specifically designed to fight the spread of bacteria and germs, and killing those germs on the wall surface!  How neat is that?

Clean Home With Clean Walls

We know many of the homeowners we work with would like to do what they can to keep their home clean for their family.  Why not have your paint take part? So, keep in mind this great product during our next visit with you!

Watch this great video from Sherwin-Williams to give a detailed explanation of their cool new bacteria fighting paint.

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For all the precautions you put in place there are some things you can’t control, like who touches what and where.  Current hospital guidelines call for walls and other services to be visibly clean, but wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that your painted walls also have the power to kill bacteria?

That’s why we’ve [Sherwin-Williams] developed the new Paint Shield microbicidal paint.

Paint shield is the first EPA registered microbicidal paint the continuously kills greater than 99.9% of
Staff (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA, E.coli, VRE and Enterobacter aerogenes within two hours of exposure on painted surfaces.

And, according to EPA test protocol it continues to kill 90% percent of these bacteria even after repeated contamination of the painted surface. Effectiveness last for up to four years as long as the integrity of the service is maintained.

How Paint Shield Works for Killing Bacteria and Germs

Paint Shield successfully marries a proven well-studied microbicides with a waterborne paint. The active ingredient a quaternary.  Ammonium compounds kills Staff (Staphylococcus aureus), MRSA, E.coli, VRE and Enterobacter aerogenes.

Paint Shield is an exceptional product from Sherwin-Williams providing great hide and a durable finish.

Just apply two coats with a brush or roller over primary or existing paint.  While Paint Shield was designed for healthcare facilities.  It’s ideal for any place where these bacteria are a concern. Now you have an additional new tool that helps reduce the spread of these difficult to kill bacteria and you can deliver a new level of patient satisfaction in the process.  Introducing new Paint Shield microbicidal paint only from Sherwin-Williams.

 For more details visit

Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer

Don’t forget to check out this page with a link to the color visualizer to play around with different colors to paint every room in your home!


Home Owners: Repair Peeling On Cedar Siding

Peeling on cedar siding probably due to either poor paint application or a moisture behind the siding this unsightly peeling and cracking will have to be scraped, sanded, primed and repainted.
Peeling on cedar siding probably due to either poor paint application or a moisture behind the siding this unsightly peeling and cracking will have to be scraped, sanded, primed and repainted.

What You Need To Know To Repair Peeling On Cedar Siding

Peeling and flaking paint on a home’s cedar siding not only makes the home look poorly kept, but it exposes the exterior to further damage and unplanned costly repairs. The best solution is to have professionals do the job right, however, as a homeowner, you may want to try fixing the damage yourself.  Here we’ll tell you just how you can do that.

Why does peeling happen?

Stain can peel off in sheets because of many reasons, including poor adhesion caused by slapdash prep, choosing the wrong paint, painting in low degree weather, painting on wet wood or skipping the cleaning process. In particular, the bad prep can be from a dirty, poorly prepared surface or because moisture migrated through the wood from behind the siding.

Moisture Problems

Sometimes moisture can, and will, seep in between the home and the siding, which can be the cause of the peeling or blistering of the paint in first place.

Solving your outside moisture problem is not so easy because it can be tough to know where the moisture is actually coming from. You can check the gutters, leaders and roof for any ways in which water may have had a path to drain its way underneath the siding.  Some possibilities are:

  • Missing or damaged flashing
  • A leaking or damaged area of the roof
  • Water vapor from inside the house due to inadequate ventilation
  • Hanging or damaged gutters

These problems need to be fixed as soon as possible to keep your house from damaging the entire structure. You can check the severity of the situation yourself with the above fix list or hire someone to do it.

Spotting Other Trouble Areas

Attempting to clean the siding yourself can prove to be a big project. As soon as spring rolls around, we suggest getting outside and doing a walk around your home to spot any trouble areas. First, you will need to look for vulnerable spots that include:

  • Exposed horizontal surfaces
  • Joints
  • Wood close to the ground
  • Soffits

What are Soffits? Soffits are the “underside of an architectural structure such as an arch, a balcony, or overhanging eaves.

Repair the Peeling Siding

Once you’ve spotted those vulnerable spots or already peeling areas, here are a few basic steps you can take to clean and “fix” any problem siding peeling.

  1. Scrape off all the peeling bits
  2. Sand the remaining paint to a feather edge with 60-grit paper
  3. Kill the mildew on the old paint with a mix of diluted bleach and dish soap
  4. Rinse thoroughly by using a hose or even a power-washer on low setting
  5. When the bare wood is dry, sand off the decayed layer with 80-grit paper, taking care not to dish the siding.

Big Mistake : Clean That Surface!

One of the biggest mistakes we see homeowners and other painting companies make is by either hurrying the process or just poor cleaning which can ultimately create the same peeling issue again in the future!

Make sure to wipe the surfaces twice with denatured alcohol and clean rags.  Then, follow that with a brushed-on coat of oil-based primer. Wait about an hour, then brush on the top coat of 100 percent acrylic paint.

Keep Watch & Save Your Home

You will need to watch the exterior of your home over the course of the year and especially in the spring-time. If you have had work or paid someone the prior year to fix and the paint still peels, then moisture migration is the likely culprit.

Just remember, a well-done exterior paint job from professionals looks good and protects a home from the elements. With the right preparation, products and technique, the paint job will last the homeowner many years. Once you (or someone else) repairs these issues, however, you shouldn’t need to address any of these issues for at least another decade.


Winterize Your Home on a Budget

With an average home electric and gas bill reaching $350, $450, and more last year in winter, it’s not surprising many people are searching for low-cost, easy to do home improvements to help save them some money this year!

Do you remember Bob Villa? Well he came up with “11 Ways to Winterize Your Home on a Budget” that any home owner can surely use and we think is right on.

Below we have listed them, but be sure to view the complete slide show here.

(1)   Clean Your Gutters

You’ve heard it before, but we can’t stress this enough. Making sure that water can flow freely through your gutters now will help prevent icicles and ice dams from forming later. Cost: Other than your sweat and time, free.

(2) Flush the Water Heater

Particles and sediment can collect over time in the bottom of your water heater hindering the unit’s efficiency. Flush the water through the drain valve to clear out the material and keep your heater functioning at its best. Cost: 100% free!

(3) Clockwise Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are everyone’s favorite summer budget-saver. But they can help out in the winter as well! Have your ceiling fans move in a clockwise direction so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. If they’re going counterclockwise, they won’t be as effective. Cost: free if you have a fan.

(4) Replace Filters

Regularly changing the filters your central air and heating system can significantly improve its efficiency and longevity, while easing the pressure on your wallet. Cost: a new filter runs about $10.

(5) Window Insulation Film

It may not be the most fashionable tip, but window insulation film can keep up to 70% of your heat from leaking out of windows. Cost: $20 to $35 per kit.

(6) Draft Guards

Draft guards can help save heat from escaping under the door. Cost: $10 to $15. (If you don’t want to shell out for a draft guard, a rolled towel placed at the bottom of an exterior door will also do the trick.)

(7) Weather strip Tape

Drafts and air leaks increase your heating costs, so make sure your windows and doors are sealed tight with weather-stripping. Simple, easy, and smart. Cost: $5 to $10 per roll.

(8) Fiberglass Insulation

For maximum heat retention, pack fiberglass insulation around basement doors, windows in unused rooms, and window AC units.  Make sure your attic floor is insulated, too. Just remember to be careful and wear gloves! Cost: around $25 per roll.

(9) Programmable Thermostat

The US Department of Energy says you can save as much as 1% on your energy bill for every degree you lower your home’s temperature during the winter. Install a programmable thermostat now and save money by keeping the temp down when you’re not at home.

(10) Just Caulk It

Any remaining gaps in siding, windows, or doors can be filled with caulk. For extra drafty windows and doors, caulk the inside too, pulling off moldings to fill all gaps in the insulation. Cost: $20 for a basic caulk gun and $5 to $10 for a tube of caulk.

(11) Chimney Balloon

Your chimney is a huge source of heat loss come wintertime. If not in active use, plug it up with a chimney balloon to keep drafts out and heat in. Cost: $55.